Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

The Gospel today presents the threat to the life of Jesus from very context in which he lived and worked. It is Herod who wants to kill Jesus as he killed John the Baptist. “Just at that time some Pharisees came up and said: Go away, they said, leave this place because Herod means to kill you” It is important to notice that Jesus accepts the warning of the Pharisees. The King was absolute, and his power was unquestionable. He did not render an account to anyone of his way of governing. Herod had already killed John the Baptist and now he wanted to eliminate Jesus also. 

There is no limit to courage of a Prophet. When a man of God encounters obstacles to God’s ways and suffering of people, he has nothing else before his eyes than the need for bringing back God’s ways. His own interests and even the very life are the last thing that he would care for. He enjoys all the freedom in the world to perform his task. Jesus presents courageous face of the prophet of his time and of all times. He would not seek any earthly approval, political favour or toe the line of the winds of the time. He is convinced that God’s ways will prevail, and his time will accomplish everything. This is what continues to inspire all prophets of our time.

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